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Old 11-09-2009, 08:32 PM
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iv always been afraid of buying tools from harbor freight. ill definitly be purshasing the $19 central pneumatic air ratchet and angle grinder after redsdads post. iv always been afraid of cheap air tools after i bought a $23 campbell hausfeild die grinder and it only lasted about 4 months.

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I have tried some of the things you have listed and will try to rate them by what I think of them.


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U.S. General Fuel Injection Pump Tester--- Good, decent quality and has a good selection of fittings.

Mityvac Mityvac Vacuum Pump----------- Terrible!! if is the HF version it's not worth bringing home. Mine lasted just a few minutes so I disassembled it to see what was wrong and the barrel is waaaay too big for the piston, those rascals had packed it with heavy grease to make it seal but that lasts only a few pumps, it is JUNK!





U.S. General Engine Oil Pressure Tester-- N/T
U.S. General Fuel Pump and Vacuum Tester-- N/T
U.S. General 7 Piece Lube Accessory Kit-- N/T
Serpentine Belt Tool Kit------------------- N/T
U.S. General 2 Piece Grease Gun Injector Needle Set-N/T
U.S. General 18" Flexible Grease Hose---------------N/T
Pittsburgh 10mm/14mm Spark Plug Thread Chaser-N/T
Pittsburgh Oxygen Sensor Thread Chaser--------------N/T
U.S. General Tire Gauge with Flex Hose------------N/T


Storehouse 40 Piece Hose Clamp Assortment-----More total junk and I do mean JUNK! Those clamps are almost guaranteed to strip and could cause you major problems, I would recommend taking a pass on these.



In-line Ignition Spark Checker-------------------N/T
U.S. General Oil Pump Primer Kit -----------------N/T
Mechanic's Stethoscope------------------------OK, but not the best.
U.S. General Engine Oil Pressure Test Kit---------N/T
Four Wheel Drive Ball Joint Service Kit-----------N/T
Pittsburgh Blind Hole Bearing Puller------------------OK
U.S. General 17 Piece Heavy Duty Slide Hammer Kit--OK
Pittsburgh 46 Piece Bolt Puller Set------------------- Really good set, substitute grade 8 bolts and it is even better.



Pittsburgh 4 Piece Three-Jaw Puller Set-------------Usable but tend to break on a really hard pull, for the price not to bad but don't expect too much of them.


U.S. General Pulley Remover and Installer Set-----Excellent!
Central Pneumatic Brake Fluid Bleeder-----------N/T
U.S. General 14 Piece Slide Hammer and Puller Set---Good.
U.S. General 14 Piece Master Ball Joint Adapter Set--N/T
Pittsburgh 7 Piece Brake Tool Set----------------------N/T


Steering Wheel Remover Set-----------------------Good, a bargain!

U.S. General 5 Piece Front End Service Tool Set-------N/T


U.S. General Air Superiority 7.5 HP 80 Gallon 175 PSI Air Compressor---I have not tried one of these but we talked about them recently and I did get to look at one in the store. Believe it not these are not China imports and actually have an industrial duty American built Baldor motor on them, even the tank is USA made and IMO these should be a very good deal. Wait until they come on sale which happens often and use one of the E-mail or magazine 20% off coupons and you can just about steal one of these things!


Central Forge 8" Swivel Vise-------------------Usable but best considered light duty, better deal would be a Wilton, Colombian or Craftsman (the heavy duty Craftsman).


Central Hydraulics 10 Ton Super Heavy Duty Portable Hydraulic Equipment Kit------N/T
45 Piece Metric Titanium Nitride Coated Alloy Steel Tap & Die Set---No good!
Pittsburgh 45 Piece SAE Titanium Nitride Coated Alloy Steel Tap & Die Set---No good!
Pittsburgh Heavy Duty 17-1/2" Hand Riveter With Collection Bottle-N/T
Central Pneumatic Pneumatic Spark Plug Cleaner---------N/T
Central Pneumatic 1/4" Air Hydraulic Riveter--------------N/T


I would strongly recommend avoiding any tap and die set from HF unless they are to be used ONLY for rethreading. Taps and dies are something you definitely don't want to cheap out on because poor quality here can be a major PITA!
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One compressor i saw in the store was $999. The compressor on it is an exact duplicate of the genuine saylor beall 705 pump that I have!! A genuine SB 705 is $1000 alone. I don't believe the pump on the HF compressor is a genuine SB, but is rather a clone. The SB 705 is a great pump, so i'm sure the clone is pretty decent. They make honda clone engine also and from what i understand they are decent engines but you have to make sure to tighten up all the bolts and stuff.
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Matt167 is correct. IMHO, all of this stuff is hobbyist grade. If you are going to make a living with your tools, I would go professional. The one exception is the air ratchet. Maybe I just had bad luck with the pro stuff, but if I were back wrenching for living, I would have a new HF air ratchet in the box in the bottom drawer as a spare and a HF in the top to use. Have less that half in the two of them that you would have in a pro unit and, again, based only on my experience, you would have a unit just as good.
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HF is fine for some things. If you will use tools not often HF is good.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:10 AM
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That's funny, I watched a guy at work go back to get three or four warrantee air ratchets over about a week and a half as I remember it was. My Snap On, Matco and Mac air tools have lasted me DECADES (well some of them I havn't owned for Decades ).

In fact, my 3/8" Snap On air ratchet I bought USED off the truck about eight years ago and it is still running like a champ.

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That's funny, I watched a guy at work go back to get three or four warrantee air ratchets over about a week and a half as I remember it was. My Snap On, Matco and Mac air tools have lasted me DECADES (well some of them I havn't owned for Decades ).

In fact, my 3/8" Snap On air ratchet I bought USED off the truck about eight years ago and it is still running like a champ.

Brian

I firmly believe my 1/2" Snap-On air ratchet was just plain dangerous if you weren't ready for it! That thing would absolutely break your fingers if you were careless with it, when that fastener bottomed out you had better have a good grip and brace yourself! I loved the darn thing!
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:49 PM
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oldred when you say N/T you are saying that you haven't used them correct.

and the use of the tools will be home shop not for professional use. if i were to go professional i would buy a good starter set from 1 of the big 3 or maybe even crapsman. i dislike craftsman very much bought a set of sockets and 1/4 of them broke and have replaced every rachet couple 3 different times.
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N/T, not tried. Some of the things you didn't mention that HF has a good deal on is the orange Chicago Electric 4" grinder (only difference between the 4" and 4 1/2" is the guard around the disc, that and about $10, every thing else is the same- motor AMPs, etc), Earthquake impact wrenches, Chicago Electric porta-band saw, Auto dark welding helmet and Chicago Electric extended nose die grinder. They have some good deals on some other items too but things like welders have gotten some bad review. The Earthquake impact wrenches are a ripoff of the IR "Thundergun" but they did a good job copying it, the things are brutes and the 1/2" is a tough customer, at least mine has been. Basically I would not buy anything that would be likely to cause personal injury if it breaks or a tool that could damage the item it is meant for if it fails. Things like torque wrenches would be an example, an erroneous torque wrench could cause a lot of grief plus a lot of lost money so go with the quality stuff for tools like these.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:22 AM
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I have a small tool chest full of Harbor Freight tools that I take to the yards when I pull parts. I got tired of loosing good tools at the yards when I pulled parts. It didn't matter how careful I was, I would always loose a tool at a yard. I figure it is better to loose a cheap HF socket or wrench than one of my Mac ones. My total investment was like $50 in HF tools, it doesn't hurt when I loose or break one of them.
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[QUOTE=oldred The Earthquake impact wrenches are a ripoff of the IR "Thundergun" but they did a good job copying it, the things are brutes and the 1/2" is a tough customer, at least mine has been. [/QUOTE]

We bought the 1" version of this wrench a while back and its seriously powerful. We were rebuilding one of the hoe cylinders on a Case backhoe. Had a 3/4 impact on the piston nut and a pipe wrench with a 10ft cheater on the socket. Wouldn't move. Checked the manual and the torque spec on the nut is 2300 ft-lbs. HF store is close, so we figured we'd pick up the wrench and just return it if it wouldn't bring the nut off. One good brrrrrp and the nut was off. I was impressed at how tight the wrench is overall, since the impact mechanism in even some real high dollar big impacts seems loose as a goose. We did drop off the quick coupler at the air drop where we were working and hook a 3/4 hose straight into the 1/2" ball valve on the line since no standard size coupler will pass the air a big wrench needs. Even so, the air consumption was way less than I'd expected. That wrench is about $250. No idea what the $99 one inch one is like, but probably not so great.
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No idea what the $99 one inch one is like, but probably not so great.


I don't know good the cheap air wrenches are either but I would be surprised if they are much good considering the fact that they sell for little more than their scrap weight value. By HF standards the Thundergun line is not cheap but then it performs like a pro gun that costs a lot more and IMO is one of their better buys.
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If you are looking at buying something big from HF, I've notice they are running adds in alot of car mags and they have 20% off coupons that dont expire until Feb or Mar 2010. Thats a nice chunk off say the large toolchest or air comp.
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do you know what mags are those in by chance, i am looking at buying a air compressor and would like to save some dough.
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If you are looking at buying something big from HF, I've notice they are running adds in alot of car mags and they have 20% off coupons that dont expire until Feb or Mar 2010. Thats a nice chunk off say the large toolchest or air comp.


One of those coupons saved me $639.80 when I bought my lathe from them a while back I just handed the girl my coupon and she deducted that amount, it was as simple as that.

BTW, the lathe is turning out to be the best bargain I have got from them so far. It's not old American quality to be sure but the darn thing is accurate, has lots of power and seems to be holding up just fine. I had been shopping for some time for a used machine but everything I found was worn out so after reading on other sites about these HF lathes and the huge savings with the coupons I thought I would give it a try, so far it's working out just fine and the cost after the coupon discount was ridiculously cheap, less than it would have cost to rebuild my old Summit.
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